Now that you’ve mastered good technique for the basic sit-up, this second move will focus on the oblique abdominals, the muscles on both sides of your abdomen. Lie on a firm surface. Drop both knees to one side, place your hands behind your head, with your elbows out to the sides. Keep your chin slightly tilted…

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Last Sunday, our boot camp had our second annual get together.  During this past year, we had a few fun gatherings such as an evening at the Washington Post’s “Top Docs” event, an afternoon cooking with Joe Yonan, the vegetarian chef and chief editor of the Washington Post’s Food and Travel section, watching the documentary…

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As the weather gets colder and it gets dark earlier, comfort foods are the way to go. This is a wonderful stew packed with protein from vegetarian sources, so they are cholesterol-free, and very filling. Interesting recipe because you cook the quinoa and lentils dry – toasting them – then add the broth and come…

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When I was at the gym this week, I started wondering about how I would adjust my routine if we start to see more cases of Ebola. Having heard about the first reported case of the flu in Maryland this season, I realized that the gym could become a frightening place – and you know…

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Should you have your carotid arteries screened for plaque just because the test is available? The carotid arteries are the large vessels in the neck that carry blood directly from the heart to the brain. Atherosclerosis, or plaque buildup, causes the narrowing of arteries (stenosis) and leads to reduced blood flow. Think of a pipe…

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This is the first of several demos of different varieties of sit-ups. When used together and done properly, they’ll help strengthen the core by working the many muscles from the abdominal to the pelvic region. The first is a modified sit-up which targets the rectus abdominus, the long muscles running vertically along your midline. Start by lying…

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Last Sunday, the 2014 and 30th Army Ten-Miler came and went, as I suspected, without major security problems.  The police and military personnel were everywhere, some with their big canines.  Their visible sight, I am sure, brought some comfort to most of us.  The marines who were serving us and cheering for us, as usual,…

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Some people collect dolls, others collect coins. I collect articles on obesity. I am most interested in the psychological and social contributors because I feel that is where intervention can make a difference. As a gastroenterologist, I treat several illnesses, such as fatty liver and acid reflux, which are affected by patients’ weight. As a…

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